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Plato Quotes on Reasoning (4 Quotes)


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  • It's not at all uncommon to find a person's desires compelling him to go against his reason, and to see him cursing himself and venting his passion on the source of the compulsion within him. It's as if there were two warring factions, with passion fighting on the side of reason. But I'm sure you won't claim that you had ever, in yourself or in anyone else, met a case of passion siding with his desires against the rational mind, when the rational mind prohibits resistance.
    (Plato, "The Republic")

  • Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable, inasmuch as he has the fountain of reason in him not yet regulated.
    (Plato)

  • Whenever a person strives, by the help of dialectic, to start in pursuit of every reality by a simple process of reason, independent of all sensuous information never flinching, until by an act of the pure intelligence he has grasped the real nature of good he arrives at the very end of the intellectual world.
    (Plato)

  • I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
    (Plato)


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